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Lions Roar : January 2009
SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2009 12 For thirty years, the Shambhala Sun has been attempting to strike a healthy balance between traditional presentations of the dharma and interpretations governed by the horizons of con- temporary American culture. For the past seven years, Buddha- dharma magazine has been offering insightful teachings from all three major Buddhist traditions as well as contemporary adapta- tions of the dharma suited for a modern American readership. They are both to be congratulated for passing a major milestone in their development. VEN. BHIKKHU BODHI Congratulations on thirty years of wonderful dharma service. It has been a joy to witness the spread of buddhadharma in the West, and the Shambhala Sun has beautifully nurtured this flower- ing with its consistent inspiration and insight over all these years. JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN Congratulations for shining the Sun of profound, brilliant, wake- fulness for thirty years. Through the inspiration of its founder, Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, may this Sun continue to rise and shine throughout the world! DZOGCHEN PONLOP RINPOCHE The Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma have helped practitioners to better understand the profound richness and variety of dharma as it continues to evolve in the West. To grow in the right direction, our minds need positive and healthy objects (books, journals, art, pho- tography) to encourage their transformation. These journals have provided this opportunity to hundreds of thousands of students. Also, many teachers have contributed to these publications over the years, giving us practical ways to clarify our confusion, broaden our knowledge, and purify our emotions as we progress on the path. TSOKNYI RINPOCHE In addition to being a wide gateway for so many people to enter into an awareness of the dharma, it is wonderful that the Sham- bhala Sun is so consistently beautiful! All best wishes on your thir- tieth anniversary. SYLVIA BOORSTEIN The Shambhala Sun has come up with many beautiful “rosy- fingered dawns” (in the Vedic expression) in the years since it was founded. Forty-five years ago, my elderly Mongolian lama and spiritual friend, Geshe Wangyal, suddenly promised me that I would see “a rising sun of dharma in the land.” My and Nena’s heartfelt congratulations to the Shambhala Sun for its part in that bright rising! TENZIN ROBERT THURMAN I’ve been excited about this magazine from the very beginning. One day, it might have been about fifteen years ago, I was reading it on the mesa in Taos and felt so enthusiastic about it—the clear writing and the great illustrations—that I spontaneously sent them a $200 check as an endorsement. And they weren’t even ask- ing for money! NATALIE GOLDBERG Congratulations on your thirtieth anniversary! You have done a tremendous amount to help spread the light of the dharma far and wide across this land, and you are still so young! BILL VIOLA AND KIRA PEROV The Shambhala Sun is a constant companion—I take it with me wherever I go. I am very grateful for the rich, accessible, thoughtful articles and the beautiful artwork. MEREDITH MONK My wife, Shelley, and I share an anniversary of sorts with the Shambhala Sun Foundation. About thirty years ago, in the mid- 1970s, we bought our first thangka, depicting White Tara, which began our long journey into Himalayan art. Congratulations to the Shambhala Sun Foundation and its two publications, Sham- bhala Sun and Buddhadharma, for helping to develop dharma in North America. DONALD RUBIN I would like to express my deepest appreciation to the Shambhala Sun Foundation for its consistent work in propagating and con- solidating Buddhism in America and around the world. It is my sincere wish that Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma continue to serve in this capacity for many years to come. TRALEG KYABGON RINPOCHE It is no small thing to be able to do what you love for thirty years; it is even greater and more rewarding when that beloved craft serves as a catalyst for others to reap the same blessings. For as long as I have been a monk, the Shambhala Sun—and later Buddhadharma—has been such a catalyst for all those interested in Buddhist practice in the English-speaking world. AJAHN AMARO Beginning in its early stages under the direction of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the Shambhala Sun has grown into a major voice for Buddhism in the West, spreading its message of wisdom and compassion to a wider audience and to a new gen- eration. I make the aspiration that the next thirty years will bring a similar development on all levels and continued benefit to all beings. KHENCHEN THRANGU RINPOCHE The Shambhala Sun is my favorite Buddhist magazine because it’s vibrant, juicy, and has content, and is also very aesthetically pleas- ing. Keep up the good work for at least the next sixty years! JAKUSHO KWONG-ROSHI Since the inspired inception of Shambhala Sun by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the magazine has informed, educat- ed, and inspired countless Buddhist practitioners in the West. This is certainly evidence of Trungpa Rinpoche’s vast vision for dharma in the West, as well as his profound love for all his students. May all your efforts in the service of the genuine dharma be of benefit to students everywhere for a long time to come. JETSÜN KHANDRO RINPOCHE